1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS
Other Car for sale in Westminster, California 92683
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1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS $12,995
Complete SS396 ElCo, one of 5,190 SS396s produced in 1968, the first and only year as a separate SS396 model. Most were equipped with the tamer L35 version of the 396, but this one has the optional 350-hp L34 with 4-bolt mains, cast iron crank, and oval-port heads. It has a recently rebuilt Holley carb on an Edelbrock aluminum intake and is backed up by a Turbo 400 tranny with shift kit and a 12-bolt rear end.
Its 13880 VIN authenticates this as a true SS396 and it includes the twin-bulge SS396 hood, SS396 emblems on the grille and tailgate, and 396 emblems on the front fenders. The interior has the SS396 emblem above the glove box. Options include bucket seats, console, vinyl roof, and 4-piston-caliper power front disc brakes. Non-power steering.
Decoding the numbers, this car was built in Freemont, California, and I believe it’s spent its whole life in Cali. The engine’s T0528EU number denotes this as a L34 396 with a Turbo 400. The engine’s last nine digits match the car’s VIN. Original paint was Phantom Blue (EE) and features SS stripes and black trim around the front.
I’ve owned this California car for seven years and have only had minimal time to enjoy it, so it should go to an owner who has more time to invest in this classic muscle car that is rare enough that it will never depreciate. It’s in good running condition, sounds awesome and shifts excellent. Recent updates include a new water pump, starter and a carb rebuild.
It has great bones and looks really good from 20 feet away. A closer inspection will reveal several nicks and a few rust bubbles behind the front wheels and below the rear window under the vinyl roof. The seats have some rips, and the door panels no longer fit properly at their upper ends. Window seals should be replaced. A bit of TLC will make it a nice driver. Or it could be transformed into a high-end classic ($30k+) with a complete restoration.
NADA Guides says the average price for an SS396 ElCo is $28,000, with a low retail of $15,000. Hagarty rates an L34 SS396 in good condition at $22,300. I’m asking $14,500 OBO.
1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS Specifications
Classic Car ID100944406
ConditionDriveable, complete and solid.
Trim Body Style
Transmission3 Speed Automatic
Custom Exterior ColorN/A
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